Taken Laughter – Anthonia Okoli

I was a girl so full of life, energy and dreams.
I had goals that seemed unattainable to most.
Until I became a woman.

I had the loudest laugh, I was nicknamed talkative.
I was that child loved by all for the energy I bring.
Until I became a woman.

I was dressed in a single wrapper around my chest.
Made-up with lovely white chalk designs and adorned with royal beads. Me and other girls my age.
We were about to become women.

The cut from the blade took away my voice.
The screams from the other girls turned my dreams to mares.
Laughter was taken from me.
The day I became a woman.
-Ttonia.

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#endChildAbuse
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